University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA

Research the degree programs offered at the University of the Pacific. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About University of the Pacific

Located in Stockton, CA, 60 minutes drive from Sacramento and 90 minutes west of San Francisco, the University of the Pacific (Pacific) has routinely ranked in the top 100 universities nationally in U.S. News and World Report. Pacific is home to nine colleges and schools, including the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the School of International Studies, the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the Eberhardt School of Business, the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, and the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

The university library's Holt-Atherton Special collection contains Sierra Club founder John Muir's original papers, archives of legendary jazz musician and alumnus Dave Brubeck, and historic American documents. Pacific's campus includes the Center for Professional and Continuing Education, Art and Geosciences Center, and the Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics. In 1852, Pacific became California's first co-ed university. Pacific has many clubs and organizations, NCAA Division I athletics, and 13 Greek chapters, including seven sororities and six fraternities.


Pacific offers a wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs. There are over 80 undergraduate programs to choose from including business administration, art, law, mathematics, physical sciences, political science, education, social science, and economics. Students may also decide to enter the university with an undeclared major. There are 18 graduate programs including communication, dentistry, business administration, education, law, engineering, music, and pharmacology. A master's degree is awarded after the student completes 32 course units in the field of emphasis. Pacific also offers accelerated programs that allow students to complete a degree in a shortened amount of time. These accelerated programs include international studies, dentistry, business, education, humanities, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and law. The accelerated program is extremely competitive, and admission requires exceptional test scores and academic standing.

Pacific works in conjunction with many universities across the globe, and students need to contact the Education Abroad Office for information on the universities study abroad programs. Application deadlines for the program are September 24th, for spring semester, and February 22nd, if applying to study abroad in the fall semester. The Eberhardt School of Business achieves high standards and is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The business school offers a full-time, 16-month accelerated MBA program, and students majoring in arts and sciences can earn a minor from three different business programs. The School of Engineering and Computer Science allows students to complete a dual bachelor's and master's degree in five years. When the student is a senior, they begin coursework on a master's degree. Pacific offers a master of science in engineering science degree. Additionally, engineering students are required to complete a 7-month paid internship before graduation.


Admission requirements vary among the undergraduate and graduate programs and are school-specific. For example, requirements for the business school are different than the engineering school. Students need to research the admission requirements of their expected areas of focus before applying. Typically, a 1-2 page essay and a letter of recommendation are required. December is the last month SAT or ACT tests may be taken for fall semester applicants. Six weeks after submitting a completed application, students should receive confirmation of admission into the university. Incoming freshman must attend orientation, either June 26-27, or June 29-30. Pacific's student body consists of 7,461 undergraduates and 801 graduate students. Of undergraduates, 45% are male, and 65% are female and 95% of undergraduates are full-time students while 77% of graduate students are full-time. The student body is from diverse backgrounds, including Caucasian (36%), Asian (31%), and Hispanic (14%).

Tuition and Financial Aid

The estimated total cost of attending Pacific is $55,258 per year, including room and board, meal plan, books and supplies. The payment deadline for fall semester 2012 is August 1st while the payment deadline for spring semester 2013 is January 1st. Students are able to receive financial aid through various grants and scholarships. In 2011, first-year students with an income range of $0 to $40,000 received $25,111 to $49,322 in financial aid on average. Students with an income range of $40,001 to $80,000 received $23,246 to $46,212 in financial aid on average.

School Type 4 year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctoral degree**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting City: Large**
Student Body 6,710 (3,883 undergraduate)**
Student Housing Freshmen and sophomore students must live on-campus*
Schools and Programs Seven schools; over 70 degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business, Management, Marketing (113)
Master's: Education (130)
PhDs: Health Professions (418)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who began in fall 2005:
46% in four years
69% in six years**
Admission Rate 36% of applicants admitted in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 85%**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students In 2011: Middle 50% SAT scores: 510-630 (critical reading), 540-688 (math), 500-630 (writing); Middle 50% ACT scores: 23-29 (composite)**
Application Due Date Applications are due January 15, 2012 for Fall Semester 2013*
Decision Notification Date May 1, 2013 for fall semester*
Tuition $55,258 per year (for 2012: includes all estimated student expenses)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011 : Federal grants (39%), state and local grants (26%), institutional scholarship (92%), federal loans (67%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 94% in 2011**

Sources: *University of the Pacific, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, California 95211
  • Phone: 209-946-2285
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